On December 5 members of the Fincastle Chapter and friends gathered for our annual Christmas tea. We were honored to be joined by First District Chair Lynn Reed.

The Fincastle Chapter wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for the coming New Year. Although many desperate situations surround our world during this Christmastide, we are grateful for family, friends, and the comforts that life in America affords us. Present times are not so different from past times–as Harper’s Weekly noted in December 1863: Even with all the sorrow that hangs, and will forever hang, over so many households; even while war still rages; even while there are serious questions yet to be settled – ought  it not to be, and is it not, a merry Christmas?”

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Booze_WW2 On November 14, 2015, members of the Fincastle Chapter 797, United Daughters of the Confederacy, presented recipient Phillip H. Booze (“Til”), the Military Service Award. During World War II, Seaman First Class Booze served in the U. S. Navy aboard the USS English. Mr. Booze served from December 20, 1943 through April 19, 1946, and received many military awards and citations including the Pacific Theater Ribbon, 4 stars, American Theater Ribbon, Victory Metal 1 star, and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon.

IMG_20151114_112205Mr. Booze is a descendant of William Henry Booze, who served as a Private in CO K, 57th VA Infantry during the War Between the States.
The presentation ceremony was held at the Fincastle Library with many Booze family and friends in attendance. Donna DiMurro, Recorder of Military Service, led the ritual and President Harriett Francis presented the award and the military medal.IMG_20151114_111517096_HDR
We are proud and wish to thank Mr. Booze and the rest of our veterans for their service to our country.IMG_20151114_105254123